The third Ant-Man movie, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania wrapped filming in the fall and looks well-poised to hit its 2023 release date. But, according to Evangeline Lilly, the road to getting Ant-Man 3 wrapped up was not an easy one. In an interview with The Digital Fix, Lilly reveals that the pandemic made filming this Ant-Man film the most difficult experience she’s had in the Marvel Cinematic Universe yet. In the interview, she mentions how the process felt very impersonal at times due to the measures that needed to be taken on set to follow safety protocols. Despite the filming issues, Evangeline Lilly also said that she believes this Ant-Man film is “the best one yet.”
We finished filming at the end of November, and I think, hands down, it was the hardest one we’ve made. It was the most difficult. It was the only one we’ve made during the Covid lockdowns. That just adds such an incredible complication to making a movie. It adds a lot of stress. It makes things very impersonal because you can’t see faces. Film sets are already impersonal enough, there is so much that goes on and so much that has to get done in a short amount of time, and the intensity level is really, really high. So it was a very trying experience doing the film with Covid measures. But I actually think…what we did, the stuff we shot, the material we managed to get, I think it might be the best one yet.Evangeline Lilly
It sounds like the effort was worthwhile if the final product is as good as Evangeline Lilly says it will be. Hopefully, this will mean big things for the upcoming Marvel movie. While its release date is still a ways off, news of the film, its production, and what fans can expect is starting to come out.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will see Evangeline Lilly reprising her role as Hope Van Dyne/The Wasp and Paul Rudd returning as Scott Lang/Ant-Man. Michael Douglas and Michelle Pfeiffer also return as Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne, the parents of Hope and the previous duo to wear the Ant-Man and Wasp suits. Peyton Reed is also returning to direct. Kathryn Newton is a newcomer to the cast, playing Scott’s daughter Cassie Lang. Previously, the role was played by Emma Furhman in Avengers: Endgame and Abby Ryder Fortson in the first two movies, Ant-Man and Ant-Man and the Wasp. This is the older version of Cassie that we first met in Avengers: Endgame after the events of Avengers: Infinity War caused Scott to be caught in the Quantum Realm for five years.
Evangeline Lilly and Paul Rudd will be joined by an interesting bunch of villains for Ant-Man 3. Jonathan Majors is playing Kang the Conqueror. Fans of the Disney+ series Loki will have already seen Majors in the role, playing the part of He Who Remains, who is a multiversal variant of Kang and who was keeping the other, less altruistic Kang variants from messing with timelines. This version of the character will be very different from the one we saw in Loki. Kang the Conqueror is a major threat in the comics, and many are speculating that he’ll eventually be an Avengers-level villain and the next Thanos-level adversary in the MCU. Bill Murray is also on the villainous side of the cast list, though details of his role are currently scant.
Judging by the name of the film, we’ll likely be seeing Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly’s character explore the Quantum Realm more thoroughly. It will be interesting to see how Kang factors in and where the story will go from here. You can check out the story for yourself next summer, when Ant-Man 3 hits theatres on July 28, 2023.